Memphis Commercial Appeal
Published Jan. 2020
A diverse set of local speakers will discuss ideas to advance Memphis and the world at the annual TEDxMemphis conference next month. TEDxMemphis is a locally organized take on the popular TED Talk programs, which are short speeches that can cover a range of topics.
“Foresight” is the theme of this year’s event, which takes place Feb. 22 at Crosstown Arts Theater. The 19-speaker lineup will share ideas on fighting poverty, juvenile justice reform, health care outcomes and more, according to a news release.
The speakers include director of hit Hollywood comedies Tom Shadyac, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO and president Michael Ugwueke and Archie Moss Jr., Shelby County Schools' youngest principal.
“This TEDx conference is all about embracing the responsibility for our future,” said Anna Mullins Ellis, president and CEO of New Memphis, the nonprofit that helps organize the event. “We are excited to bring another brilliant lineup of speakers to spark conversation, and hopefully inspire collaboration and action.”
Tickets are available at TEDxMemphis.com.
Dan McCleary, founder of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company
Michael Ugwueke, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare CEO and president
Jennifer Alessandra, chief people officer of Frontdoor
Danielle Inez, chief of staff for Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris
Taylor Tagg, senior business services coordinator for the City of Memphis
Jani Radhakrishnan, director at the Center for Information and Analytics at Regional One Health
Nubia Yasin, co-founder of NuJas
Emilee Herrington, survivor of workplace violence and mom
Archie Moss Jr., Shelby County Schools' principal
Chloe Hakim-Moore, director of NEXT Memphis
Austin Crowder, government and economics teacher at The Soulsville Charter School Dr. Nickhill Bhakta, director of the Sub-Saharan Africa region for St. Jude Global
Candace Steele Flippin, chief communications officer at First Horizon
Tom Shadyac, director
Justin Miller, CEO of Slingshot Memphis
Rhonnie Brewer, CEO of Progeny Place
Sridhar Sunkara, CEO of eBiz Solutions
Ariana Glantz, part of the University of Memphis’ University Schools team
Shamichael Hallman, manager of Cossitt Library